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Old 06-14-2013, 09:15 AM
 
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it seems to me that southern cities today are less racist than northern ones, contrary to whatever stereotypes

Depends on what race you're talking about. For blacks, this may be true. For Hispanic or Middle Eastern people, absolutely not.
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Old 06-14-2013, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Where Else...?
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It may seem that way on the surface, but Houston is still very segregated.
it's not that segregated...and certainly not racially tense as some cities.... very diverse. You can go to practically any area of metro Houston and find people from different "walks of life" living in the same neighborhoods.... shopping, dining, just practically co-habiting (i don't mean living under the same roof, just living within the same communities).
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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I am gathering from this thread that many of you are referring to racial harmony as primarily a black/white issue. The world has changed along with our metro areas. It is no longer a black/white but rather a Asian/African/Caribbean/South American/Indian/Native/white/black/whatever else. No city has that intermingling more than NYC.

As to the above poster who claims one must live in NYC to know NYC--you don't need to be a chicken to know what an egg is.

I never said that NYC is without racial strife--no city is. But claiming that the west coast is so much more racially together is absurd. Wasn't that all part of Mexico at one time??? If I remember correctly, they weren't treated to friendly...

Seattle never had to deal with the issues that most of the rest of the country had to deal with. If so, it would be no different. Throw in the melting pot existing in NYC and Seattleites will be bouncing off the walls.
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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California is very mellow between a specific blend of races. Pretty much whites, Mexicans, and Asians blend together seamlessly, yet I feel that African Americans and any other group not white/Mexican/Asian in California are pretty much pushed into their own "click".
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Old 06-14-2013, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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A few years ago, I was on a city bus in San Francisco going up to the Haight from downtown. Daytime-around 12 or so, nice day and there ya go: the fight started between a group of black chicks and Latina chicks and soon thereafter, the fellas decided to get involved. The bus driver stopped the bus and called the police but not before a lot of punching, pushing, and an infinite amount of racial slurs were shared by all. Not to mellow in my book. Sorry.
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Old 06-14-2013, 04:45 PM
 
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A few years ago, I was on a city bus in San Francisco going up to the Haight from downtown. Daytime-around 12 or so, nice day and there ya go: the fight started between a group of black chicks and Latina chicks and soon thereafter, the fellas decided to get involved. The bus driver stopped the bus and called the police but not before a lot of punching, pushing, and an infinite amount of racial slurs were shared by all. Not to mellow in my book. Sorry.
Buses in San Francisco sometimes turn into a publicized viewing of bad behavior although part of that I'd like to attribute to the failing of the MUNI transit system itself--those buses are always late.
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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it's not that segregated...and certainly not racially tense as some cities.... very diverse. You can go to practically any area of metro Houston and find people from different "walks of life" living in the same neighborhoods.... shopping, dining, just practically co-habiting (i don't mean living under the same roof, just living within the same communities).
It's different once you get outside the inner loop.
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:20 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Depends on what race you're talking about. For blacks, this may be true. For Hispanic or Middle Eastern people, absolutely not.
for them its the same everywhere, esp middle eastern
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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it's not that segregated...and certainly not racially tense as some cities.... very diverse. You can go to practically any area of metro Houston and find people from different "walks of life" living in the same neighborhoods.... shopping, dining, just practically co-habiting (i don't mean living under the same roof, just living within the same communities).
That's cool stuff! That's a very redeeming quality about a city, so I bet I'd like that aspect about Houston!
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:24 PM
 
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for them its the same everywhere, esp middle eastern

No, there's not many places in this country worse for Hispanic people. Surely you've heard about Alabama's immigration law? The one that state legislators bragged was way tougher than Arizona's infamous bill? I've heard some horror stories, man.

The South has finally gotten around to accepting / tolerating black people. But getting them to do the same for other minorities (especially Hispanics and Middle Eastern people) is going to be a long and tough road.

You have to remember that true multiculturalism (not just black and white people, but having a diverse array of many different groups) is a relatively new thing for the South. While every other part of the country used immigrants to fill its demand for labor, the South just used slaves. After the Civil War, they simply used poor blacks and poor whites. I would argue that the South did not have a large scale influx of immigrants until after the civil rights movement. Having a society that's more than just black people and white people is a relatively new thing there, especially in the deep, deep southern states like Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas.
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